Apr 07 | David Strahan Promoted to Senior Director of Sales

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“With David’s leadership and expertise, he has quickly become an integral part of the team,” Chitwood said. “His promotion is well deserved and we look forwarding to his ongoing contributions.”

David Strahan has been promoted to Senior Director of Sales at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Joie Chitwood III announced.

Strahan, who joined Daytona International Speedway in August 2013, will oversee the sales department at the “World Center of Racing.” He will also continue to spearhead the “We Built Daytona” platform, which is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project.

“With David’s leadership and expertise, he has quickly become an integral part of the team,” Chitwood said. “His promotion is well deserved and we look forwarding to his ongoing contributions.”

Prior to joining Daytona International Speedway, Strahan for the past 10 years has served as a Senior Account Manager and Account Executive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he secured, developed and executed sponsorship programs.

Strahan is a graduate of Ball State University.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Apr 04 | DAYTONA Rising April Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Prepares To Take The Fan Experience to New Heights

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“Our new motorsports stadium will have the most escalators of any sports stadium in the nation,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Fans will be able to easily navigate the new venue and access the new amenities and enhanced offerings.”

Escalator

Construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project are back in full swing. During the next month, the Speedway will begin to install the infrastructure for the new escalators and vertical transportation.  

“Our new motorsports stadium will have the most escalators of any sports stadium in the nation,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Fans will be able to easily navigate the new venue and access the new amenities and enhanced offerings.”  

 Here is a recap of key construction activities since the last update in March:

  • Began the demolition process on West end of the Petty Tower seating section.
  • Continued stair installation on West and East ends of the project.
  • Ongoing masonry at ground level including elevator tower on West end and new care center location near the existing Gate 8.  

 

Upcoming construction activities:

  • Begin the escalator installation process at West and East ends of the project.
  • Initial installation of aluminum grandstand system.
  • Ongoing steel installation.

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. 

DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. 

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.  

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Apr 03 | Florida Governor Rick Scott Tours DAYTONA Rising

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Scott got an up-close view of the steel structure on the east end of the “World Center of Racing” prior to a Florida Department of Transportation press conference at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building.

On Thursday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott took a tour of the DAYTONA Rising project, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project. 

Scott got an up-close view of the steel structure on the east end of the “World Center of Racing” prior to a Florida Department of Transportation press conference at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building. 

Governor Rick Scott Tours DAYTONA RisingFrom left to right, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Lesa France Kennedy and Chairman of ISC Jim France on the DAYTONA Rising construction site.
 

Governor Rick Scott Tours Daytona Tours BuildingDaytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, left, and Florida Governor Rick Scott take a look at the winning 2014 DAYTONA 500 car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that is on display inside the Ticket and Tours Building.

About DAYTONA Rising
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. 

DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. 

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.  

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Mar 15 | Triumph’s Danny Eslick Triumphs in Daytona 200

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“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole and leading 44 of the 57 laps.

Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.

The Broken Arrow, Okla., rider won by a margin of 10.975 seconds.

“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

While Eslick had some fierce racing with riders Jason DiSalvo and Dane Westby during the race, pit stops from his Riders Discount Racing Triumph team proved to be the difference.

Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”

After taking the checkered flag, Eslick put on an enthusiastic celebration that included a victory lap with the checkered flag.

“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Rounding out the podium were Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis.

 

AMA SuperBike Round 2

The AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2 came down to a four-bike shootout between Graves Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas.

With six laps remaining, Hayes ran off the course in Turn 1 due to mechanical issues on his No. 4 Yamaha.

On the final lap, Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane to win by .090 seconds.

“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”

Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, led 11 of the 15 laps aboard his No. 2 Yamaha.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport Round 2

For the second straight day, Corey Alexander and Wyatt Farris led a 1-2 Celtic/Hvmc Racing finish in the 10-lap SuperSport race.

“The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”

Hayden Gillim on a Suzuki finished third.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 15 | Honda Riders Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Brandon Wilhelm Deliver Victories on Second Night of Daytona Flat Track

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Coolbeth Jr. slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event while Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

A victory at the Daytona Flat Track has eluded Kenny Coolbeth Jr. over the years. On Friday night, he finally hoisted the winner’s trophy as a champion at the “World Center of Racing.”

Coolbeth Jr., riding the No. 2 Honda, slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event at the Daytona Flat Track.

“I’ve wanted this one for a long time,” said the 36-year-old Coolbeth Jr., whose margin of victory was 4.069 seconds. “I’ve got seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths all the way back. I’ve been working hard all winter. Obviously a good team, I think we have the best equipment and this is a good way to open the season.”

The victory was Coolbeth Jr.’s 30th career Grand National Championship win.

“Kenny found something, he was on fire,” Johnson said. “We’ve been friends for a long time. If somebody was going to take it away from me, I was glad it was him.” 

Stevie Bonsey completed the Honda sweep of the podium.

In the Pro Singles Main event, Brandon Wilhelm (Honda), who finished third on Thursday night, brought home the victory by a margin of .520 seconds.

“I can’t believe this is happening right now,” said Wilhelm of Aurora, Ind. “It feels so good. The track was slick and I had to work the throttle and it turned out in my favor. It’s a great feeling.”

Wilhelm, Justin Jones (Honda) and Ryan Wells (KTM) broke away from the rest of the field for most of the race. But with a few laps remaining, Gerit Callies put down his Honda in Turn 3 bringing out the red flag and setting up a five-lap shootout.

Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

Wells, who won Thursday night’s Pro Singles Main Event, slipped back to fifth.

In the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Johnson. Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Bonsey, Johnson and Brandon Robinson. In the Expert semifinals Mikey Rush and Daniel Ingram captured the victories.

On Saturday, motorcycle racing at Daytona International Speedway concludes with the 73rd Daytona 200 and the SuperBike Race 2. For more information and tickets for all Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 14 | Triumph’s Danny Eslick Captures Daytona 200 Pole

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During the timed qualifying session, Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, lapped the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.292 seconds to secure the pole for the historic 57-lap, 200-mile race.

Triumph rider Danny Eslick captured the pole on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway.

During the timed qualifying session, Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, lapped the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.292 seconds to secure the pole for the historic 57-lap, 200-mile race.

It’s the first time since 1971 that a Triumph has sat on the pole in the Daytona 200 and it’s the second career Daytona 200 pole for Eslick, a native of Broken Arrow, OK.

 “My pole lap was amazing,” Eslick said. “I got a good clean run through the infield. It’s all about the draft here at Daytona and I caught the draft just perfect out of the chicane and around to the start/finish line and nailed it.”

After Thursday’s practice sessions, Eslick felt like he had a good opportunity to earn the Daytona 200 pole and the coveted Rolex watch that comes with it.

“I knew I had a shot at winning it when I had the fastest trap speed from the first practice yesterday,” Eslick said. “For me, I’ve never been the one to have the fastest bike or the fastest trap speed.”

As Eslick chases his first Daytona 200 victory, his strategy for Saturday’s grueling 57-lap, 200-mile race is simple.

“Try not to fall down and lead the last lap,” Eslick said.

Rounding out the front row for the Daytona 200 are Yamaha riders Garrett Gerloff and Jake Lewis and Triumph’s Jason DiSalvo.

Gerloff, who turned a time of 1:50.065 seconds, said following the qualifying session that he left some speed on the track.

“I don’t think that was the fastest I could go this weekend,” Gerloff said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t get the pole position but I’m not concerned about the race.”

 

AMA SuperBike Round 1

The opening round of the AMA Pro SuperBike race came down to a three-bike battle with Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden.

On Lap 14, Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, entered Turn 1 aboard his No. 2 Yamaha too hot and ran wide leaving Hayes and Hayden to settle the victory.

Hayden attempted to draft Hayes coming to the checkered flag but Hayes used side drafting to win by .025 seconds.

The victory was Hayes’ second Daytona SuperBike triumph.

“It was a really fun race, a very nerve-wracking race,” Hayes said. “It’s hard to see plus 1 on your board for a few laps and watch that dwindle away to a zero. Then you just see if you can keep yourself up at the front.

“All-in-all I’m extremely happy. At the end of the day it’s not just about being fast, I’ve got to win races. I’m glad I was able to pull this one off.”

SuperBike Race 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

SuperSport, Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Celtic/Hvmc Racing finished 1-2 in the 10-lap SuperSport race. Pole winner Corey Alexander, riding the No. 5 Suzuki, led nine laps on his way to a 7.923-second victory.

“Getting away and breaking the draft is the biggest part of the race,” Alexander said. “That is all I really wanted to accomplish . . . just maintaining that gap so they can’t really draft you back. I’m obviously really happy for whole team. Having Wyatt (Farris) up here is a great showing for us in showing that we’re here for a good year.”

Teammate Wyatt Farris finished second and Dustin Dominguez on a Yamaha was third.

SuperSport Race 2 is set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

In the seven-lap Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, Kyle Wyman survived a furious finish to win by .068 seconds.

The Daytona victory was Wyman’s third in the past four years.

“This is the third win for me and I just love this place,” Wyman said. “It’s the reason I love coming here and spending all winter thinking about Daytona. I couldn’t imagine going to the first race to a track that I don’t like because it would make the winter even more miserable. I get to look forward to Daytona. I’m just so happy to be up here. It was a long year last year and I feel like we’re off on the right foot.”

Tyler OHara, who nipped Wyman for the victory in last year’s race, finished second this year followed by Gage McAllister.

 

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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